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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Urn -- Independent

1. Angus Fraser has a day by day calendar of turning points -- the list he comes up with underlines that this Test had more turning points than your average Epcot Center roller coaster.
2. It's always tough to ask questions of a player who is part of a winning team -- and, in fact, helped seal the win (If we in India were better at it, at divorcing results from personalities and asking hard questions, the national side wouldn't be on a seemingly endless national slide). But James Lawton asks it here, of Geraint Jones.
Now Geraint Jones, with impressive fortitude, has further complicated the issue with the most significant catch of his career. But he has not settled the debate. Glory comes and goes. A certain talent is permanent.

3. Check out this other Lawton piece, on how champions lose.
In the two-run defeat Australia came so close to a victory that would have scorched the bones of Vaughan's men. They also reminded us how real champions lose. They resent the idea so much it is almost as though the worry is that it might just contaminate their blood.

I've often heard the comment that India loses because it doesn't care enough. Not quite true -- our players do, but in a detached, Zen sort of way, very calmly philosophical about it all. And that is probably what keeps India from being a consistently good team.
'I am tough,' says Hillary Swank. 'Tough is not enough,' is Clint Eastwood's raspy-voiced response in Million Dollar Baby.
To care is not enough -- you need to hurt; to feel nauseated by defeat; to think that anything -- pain, broken limbs, anything at all -- is better than enduring the sight of the other fellow winning. Whether we have it, in our national psyche, to feel that one is the question no one has found answers for yet.


  • No we don't. Its not in the way we are brought up. For our society pro sports is something which some of us do as exception. For Aus its one style of growing up, one passion, hobby, occupation rolled into one. I remember reading this anecdote about some Eng writer commenting (on the roudy, tough behaviour of Aus sportmen) that that kind of behaviour is not tought in Eng schools...and that its an Aus schooling problem...and this Aus cricketer/writer responds that 'no at school we are tought how to beat the Poms'... (I might have got minor details of this story wrong...but its the jist). This is actually half-joke...but seriously...they have a strong sports culture....and 'winning in sports' culture. I mean they have a national slogan 'go aussie..' for all their sports. Do we have anything like that ? Or u see that happening ? We are different as personalities....but we can still fight hard, if we love the game enough. Like Kapil, Sachin, Rahul, Gavaskar have done in their peak. And then we have talents like Sehwag, Ganguly, Yuv who hardly care about fight, and yet the talent is often enough to match the Aus. But all this doesnt help too much in building and growing the personality of the 'team' which Aus do so well.

    By Blogger worma, at 15:20  

  • Average Epcot center rollercoaster. Hmmm.. its been a while since i went to disneyworld.. when did they add rollercoasters there.
    just having fun, prem.

    By Blogger losing now, at 17:11  

  • I remember a friend(Cricket Statistician in Bombay) telling me that we are from Bapu's nation and deep down inside too darn laid back and philosophical to be killers in professional sport. Your zen remark summarises it nicely.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 01:40  

  • nicely said Prem

    By Blogger Mayur, at 02:38  

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